Michael Flynn is poised to enter City’s stuttering League Two campaign against Burton on Saturday.

The midfield talisman has played just half an hour of football all season.

But Peter Taylor hopes his presence in the squad can provide a timely boost at Valley Parade after three successive defeats.

Taylor’s options have already been shorn of Tommy Doherty and Lee Bullock in the middle of the team.

While he admits that Flynn is “nowhere near” ready to play significant game-time, the 30-year-old would provide some much-needed experience during a sticky period.

Taylor said: “Flynn has got a chance (for Saturday). On the strength of some of the injuries, he’s got a bit more of a chance.”

Flynn has only been on the pitch once this term, when he played the last half hour at Hartlepool in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy three months ago.

He suffered a reaction to his hernia problem and was forced to undergo surgery which kept him out until the turn of the year.

But he is now back in full training and Taylor is considering taking the gamble.

The City boss admitted: “He’s nowhere near 90-minute fit. He’s probably nowhere near 45-minute fit. But because you can have so many subs on the bench, we might take that chance.

“Having him back in the squad will be nice. He’ll enjoy that responsibility.”

Taylor accepts that his side may have to win over the home fans again following their slump down the table.

But he added: “Hopefully the crowd will help us.”